August 31, 2009 By MICHAEL FRAZIER
With the throttle gunned and the exhaust pipes roaring, a NASCAR race car custom-painted in tribute of the 2001 terror attack victims was unveiled Monday in Manhattan near Ground Zero.
The car - a $100,000 Ford Fusion bearing the inscription "Always Remember" and a 9/11 logo for the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum - is competing in a Sept. 11 race at Virginia's Richmond International Raceway.
NASCAR driver Benny Gordon, who lined up corporate sponsors for the custom paint job, is racing the No. 72 car.
"It will be an honor to race a car in honor of the attack victims," said Gordon, co-owner of the North South Motorsports team based in Dubois, Pa. "I hope we have a good run."
Gordon hopes NASCAR's popularity and the themed paint job will draw more support for the planned $610-million memorial and museum.
Joe Daniels, president of the memorial and museum, said he is grateful to have Gordon's support.
"This car presents a tremendous opportunity to raise awareness about the national 9/11 memorial," he said.
Published: Monday, April 2, 2007
2 new victims' IDs from 9/11 remains
By AMY WESTFELDT, Associated Press Writer
The city said Monday it has positively identified two more Sept. 11 victims from thousands of unidentified human remains that have been retested in recent months.
The new identifications were made in the past week, said Ellen Borakove, spokeswoman for Dr. Charles Hirsch, the chief medical examiner. The identified remains are from the "initial recovery effort" of victims' remains in the first year after the 2001 terrorist attacks, not from a renewed search at ground zero, she said.
Borakove would not say how many remains were identified or exactly when and where they were recovered. The names of the newly identified victims also were not released.
The city has been storing more than 10,000 unidentified human remains, including more than 1,200 found since 2005.